Supposedly, a isotopes have the same chemistry, i.e. how they bond to other atoms. Is this true for radioisotopes? I can imagine a nucleus emitting particles that interact with existing bonds in its outer shell, i.e. it may break an existing bonds, or reconfigure them. Does this happen at all?

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    $\begingroup$ The recoil from a nuclear reaction is frequently enough to break a bond. $\endgroup$
    – Zhe
    May 1 '20 at 15:52
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    $\begingroup$ The radiated particle can break a thousand bonds and still keep running. Of course it does influence chemistry a great deal. Radiation chemistry is a thing, after all. $\endgroup$ May 1 '20 at 15:54
  • $\begingroup$ An atom that transmutes into another element .... is extremely unlikely to have the same chemistry afterwards. $\endgroup$
    – Karl
    May 1 '20 at 16:22
  • $\begingroup$ chemistry.stackexchange.com/questions/65809/… $\endgroup$
    – Mithoron
    May 1 '20 at 16:33
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    $\begingroup$ You asked about nucleus emitting particles. As Karl pointed out that would tend to transmute the atom to another element. There are two forms of radioactivity that would allow an element to stay the same element - neutron emission, and a metastable nucleus which emits a gamma ray. $\endgroup$
    – MaxW
    May 1 '20 at 20:03